Sunday, August 28, 2011

Martin Luther King Memorial

The dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. was to have taken place today, the 48th anniversary of King's acclaimed 'I Have a Dream' speech. Of course, that ceremony has been postponed because of Hurricane Irene. 

Hopefully, this gives those of us who wanted to be at the dedication another opportunity.

In the meantime, I thought it would be interesting to take a glimpse at local news coverage of this signature event: the first dedication of a memorial on the Mall of our nation's capitol, not erected to honor a president, or commemorate a war; the first memorial dedicated to an African-American and yet one which honors a man who has been an inspiration which has transcended generations. It is fitting and proper that this memorial is located between the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, two presidents who have shaped our modern notions of the democracy King fought so long to bring to actualization.

We the men of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity who spearheaded this magnificent effort to bring to America something which, brings us all together and reminds us of the price that was paid to help us realize true brotherhood and equality!

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